Sen. Arlen Specter speaks to reporters in Philadelphia on Thursday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images) .
(CNN) – CNN projects that Rep. Joe Sestak has won Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate primary, beating five-term Sen. Arlen Specter.
Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, issued the following statement about the Kentucky Senate race.
(read the full statement after the jump)
(CNN) – CNN projects that Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has won that state's Democratic Senate primary.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Conway led Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo 44.3 percent to 42.9 percent.
(CNN) – Rep. Joe Sestak has taken a slight lead over Sen. Arlen Specter in Tuesday’s Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania.
With 42 percent of precincts reporting, Sestak had 51.5 percent of the vote. Specter had 48.5 percent.
(CNN) – Democrat Mark Critz had an early lead in Tuesday's special election to fill the House seat of the late Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. John Murtha.
With 21 percent of precincts reporting, Critz had 58 percent of the vote. Republican businessman and first-time politician Tim Burns had 39.9 percent.
Murtha died in February, prompting the special election.
Critz worked for Murtha and had said he'd continue Murtha's legacy if elected.
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(CNN) - Some political observers have wondered why the White House opted not to send President Obama or Vice President Biden to Pennsylvania to campaign with Sen. Arlen Specter in the final weeks before Tuesday's Democratic Senate primary.
Related: Specter scrambles to keep seat
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, offered one theory during an appearance on CNN's "Campbell Brown."
Asked about Obama's and Biden's notable absence from the Pennsylvania campaign trail in recent weeks, Rendell said it might be "because their last minute appearances in New Jersey and Virginia and Massachusetts didn't serve too much good."
(CNN) – Sen. Arlen Specter had a slight, early lead against Rep. Joe Sestak in Tuesday's Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania.
With 19 percent of precincts reporting, Specter had 52.1 percent of the vote. Sestak had 47.9 percent.
Specter, a five-term senator, is for the first time running for this seat as a Democrat. He left the Republican Party last year as his support in the GOP dropped after he voted for President Obama's stimulus plan.
Sestak is a retired Navy admiral who at one time trailed Specter 2-to-1 in pre-primary polls.
Washington (CNNMoney.com) - Wall Street is poised to score a victory in its efforts to beat back a crackdown on banks that trade the complex financial products known as derivatives.
On Tuesday, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., proposed a compromise change to the Wall Street reform bill that would water down a proposed ban on derivatives trading by many financial firms.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., has been a driver of the push on the swaps ban. Her measure ranks among the top hangups threatening final passage of the overall reform bill.
Lincoln was in Arkansas on Tuesday facing a tough primary election. Her spokeswoman said she would fight to keep the ban.
"Sen. Lincoln is fully committed to her provision and will fight efforts to weaken it," said Lincoln spokeswoman Katie Laning Niebaum. "Her proposal has received bipartisan support and she will defend it on the Senate floor."
(CNN) - Sen. Jim DeMint released a statement on Tuesday, following Rand Paul's victory in the Kentucky Republican Senate primary.
(Read the full statement after the jump.)
(CNN) - Rand Paul, the projected winner of the Republican Senate primary in Kentucky, told his supporters: "I have a message from the Tea Party, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We've come to take our government back."
"Washington is horribly broken," Paul said. "I think we stand on a precipice. We are encountering a day of reckoning. And this movement is a message to Washington … that we're unhappy and we want things done differently."